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Inside Line Promotions - ELDON, Mo. (June 1, 2020) - Big Game Motorsports driver Kerry Madsen posted his first top-five outing of the season during World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series competition last Friday at Lake Ozark Speedway, where the night started on a rough note.
"We drew a bad number for qualifying and there was a lot of drop off on the track so we didn't get the best time," he said. "Then I got taken out on the first lap of the heat race. The guys had to replace the front axle in the work area. We got back out and restarted last, but we drove up to fifth."
The Killer Instinct Crossbows backed team overcame a qualifying result of 22nd and a crash in the heat race to garner the final lock-in position into the main event. Madsen started 18th and maneuvered to a fifth-place finish, which was his second of the season and first in a World of Outlaws event.
"I think it was just a good race car," he said. "I got some good restarts in either line. We were maneuverable. It puts the confidence there that we're doing the right things. The car speed is there. It's a matter of putting full nights together and consistently being up front."
The 13 positions gained were the second most during the main event.
Unfortunately, Madsen ran into more misfortune on Saturday. He once again went out late in qualifying, which put the team in a hole early.
"We drew a late number and same deal," he said. "The track changed while I was going up and I wasn't on the right line at all so we qualified bad. We got up to fourth in the heat and was pretty good."
Madsen, who qualified 23rd, rallied from sixth to fourth place in the heat race to earn the 15th starting position in the A Main.
"We got taken out on Lap 2 of the main event," he said. "I was on the bottom and someone cleaned me out from the infield. They went screaming into turn three and clobbered me. It's just racing."
The team was unable to repair the damage in time to restart the race.
"I think it's all there, but we haven't had any luck," Madsen said. "It's insane the stupid stuff that's been happening. The car is quick. The luck stuff will turn around. We should be pretty good when it does."
Big Game Motorsports plans to head to Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wis., this Friday and Saturday for the next World of Outlaws event. Madsen charged from 15th to sixth during last year's lone World of Outlaws race at the oval. He won a Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series event at the track in September 2018.
QUICK RESULTS -
May 29 - Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. - Qualifying: 22; Heat race: 5 (6); Feature: 5 (18).
May 30 - Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. - Qualifying: 23; Heat race: 4 (6); Feature: DNF (15).
SEASON STATS -
13 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 5 top 10s, 7 top 15s, 10 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday and Saturday at Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wis., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
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